Your One-Stop Shop to Become an Illinois Notary


The American Association of Notaries offers a simple step-by-step guide to become an Illinois notary. With our help, becoming an Illinois notary is easy and hassle-free.

To become a notary in Illinois, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be a resident of Illinois for at least thirty days

  • Be able to read and write the English language

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States

  • Have carefully read the notary law of the State of Illinois

  • Not have a conviction for a felony

  • Not have had a notary commission revoked during the past ten years

  • Complete an Illinois notary application

  • Purchase a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond

  • Pay a $10.00 appointment fee

  • Record your notary commission with the county clerk's office and pay a $5 fee

  • Purchase a notary stamp and a notary record book (notary record books are optional but highly recommended in Illinois)

How to Apply For an Illinois Notary Commission


Complete the Illinois notary application.

Our online notary application wizard will guide you step by step through the Illinois notary application process. Click here to start the notary application process.

Purchase a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond.

Your notary bond will be issued instantaneously upon checkout. The notary bond includes a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors and omissions insurance policy at no additional charge to you.

Order Illinois notary supplies.

At a minimum, an Illinois notary is required to have a notary stamp to perform his or her notarial duties in Illinois. You will receive your notary stamp faster if you order it at the same time you complete your Illinois notary application.

Mail your signed notary application to AAN.

Sign the "Notarial Oath" section on the application in the presence of another notary and mail us the original signed notary application along with a copy of your Illinois driver's license or ID card and a $10.00 application fee (if not paid online)

Pick up your Illinois notary commission.

The county clerk's office will notify you by mail four to six weeks after we submit your notary application to the state, to appear in person to record and receive your Illinois notary commission certificate, and pay a $5.00 fee. This is the final step to become an Illinois notary.

Email us a copy of your commission certificate.

Fax or email a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate so we can prepare and ship your Illinois notary stamp, record book, and any additional notary supplies that you have ordered.

Illinois Notary Value Package I


Everything you need to become an Illinois notary

Only $59.95*
Includes a One-year Membership to AAN

Limited time offer - save up to 40% on notary supplies

This Illinois notary package includes:
Four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond**
Four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors & omissions insurance policy (included at no additional cost to you)
Trodat self-inking rectangular notary stamp (item # IL201)**
Illinois notary record book (item # IL702) **
One-year membership to AAN (a $19.00 value included with your notary supplies order at no additional cost)
Four years of expert support (includes help with notary procedures, name/address updates, and more)
Your Cost: Only $59.95*

*The Illinois Notary Value Package I may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $5,000 notary bond for $29.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P101 on the order form. The Illinois Notary Value Package II may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $5,000 notary bond for $49.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P102 on the order form. The Illinois four-year, $5,000 notary bond may also be purchased for $30.00. Discounts/savings apply only to notary supplies.

**Required by Illinois notary law.

Six Simple Steps to Become an Illinois Notary


  1. Create or log in to your account to complete the Illinois notary application online.

    Our online wizard will guide you step by step through the notary application process, which makes it easy for new notaries to complete the notary application without errors. You also have the option to save the application and continue at a later time. 

  2. Order your Illinois notary bond.

    Save time! No need to wait for days to receive your Illinois notary bond. You can now download the bond instantaneously upon checkout. The notary bond includes a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors and omissions insurance policy at no additional charge to you. The notary bond is required by the State to protect the public from notary errors.

  3. Order your Illinois notary supplies.

    Save up to 40% on the same Illinois notary supplies that you may find somewhere else plus receive a free one-year membership in the American Association of Notaries at no additional cost (a $19.00 value). We offer only the highest-quality products, which comply with Illinois legal requirements for notaries. All our Illinois notary stamps are manufactured in-house, and we stand behind them 100%. All our notary supplies come with a LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE – No questions asked! You can order notary supplies during the notary application process. 

  4. Mail us your signed and notarized Illinois notary application.

    Have another notary administer the oath of office and then sign and seal the "Notarial Oath". Mail us the original, signed notary application, a copy of the front and back of your Illinois driver's license or I.D. card, and a $10.00 appointment fee (if not paid online.)

  5. Pick up your Illinois notary commission certificate from the county clerk's office.

    The Illinois Secretary of State's office will mail your Illinois notary commission certificate to the county clerk's office in the county in which you reside. The county clerk’s office will notify you by mail to appear in person to record and pick up your notary commission certificate and pay a $5.00 fee. Alternatively, for a fee of $10, you can request that your notary commission certificate be mailed to your address. You have sixty days to complete this final step to become an Illinois notary. If you do not, your notary commission will be voided.

  6. Fax or email us a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate.

    Fax or email a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate to 1-713-649-0011 or sales@usnotaries.com so we can prepare and ship your Illinois notary supplies package.

Do you want to apply by mail?

Applying online to become a notary in Illinois is safe, easy, and fast, but if you'd prefer to apply offline, just follow these three simple steps to start the Illinois notary application process.

You'll be approved as a notary public in Illinois  in four to six weeks.

  1. Click here to print the Illinois notary application forms.

  2. Select the complete Illinois notary package listed on the order. Choose your stamp case color. All our Illinois notary products are manufactured in-house, comply with Illinois notary laws, and come with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

  3. Mail us your completed Illinois notary application, order form, a copy of your Illinois driver’s license or I.D. card, and payment. We will review your application for accuracy, issue the bond, and file it with the Illinois Secretary of State. We will ship your notary supplies once we receive a copy of your notary commission certificate. 

Illinois notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Illinois.

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